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Sony Alpha A7 Digital Camera

$1,199.99
MILC 24.3MP CMOS 4x Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Thirteen industry awards
Supports video recording
Supports Wi-Fi
690 Reviews + 17 Awards
Trusted Reviews Recommended DP Review Gold PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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Reviews

Thirteen Industry Awards

Amongst cameras of a comparable spec and age, this camera is one of the most awarded by experts.

This high megapixel digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by review websites Tomsguide.com, CNET.com.au, Ferra.ru and Reviewed.com all of whom said that this camera was brilliant.

This Sony digital camera received a "Recommended" award from both websites Digitaltrends.com and Hi-tech.mail.ru/, both of which concluded that this camera was good.

Two more expert review sites thought that this camera was good. This digital camera received a DP Review "Silver" award and the writer at website Ephotozine gave it a "Highly Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement.

PhotographyBlog.com gave this Sony camera an "Essential" award, it received a "5 Star" award from Digital Versus and 01net.com gave it a "4 Star" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

Thirty-one experts from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Techradar have rated this high megapixel digital camera on average 85%.

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, based on 615 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camera is 90%. 335 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 92% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 23,045 expert and owner reviews (including 7,132 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its high megapixel cameras compared to other brands. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Sony Alpha A7 supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Alpha A7 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think the Sony Alpha A7 II ($934.99), the Samsung NX500 ($799), and the Nikon D7200 ($769.95) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Alpha A7 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail. Across all high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera the video resolution ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 3840 x 2160 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony Alpha A7 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support Wi-Fi and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A7 II ($934.99) is also worth considering.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Alpha A7 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Flash

Has a Pre-Flash

The Alpha A7 has a pre-flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also have a pre-flash.

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Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The Alpha A7 has a carrying case. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for more than a year also have a carrying case.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Sony Alpha A7 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Alpha A7 has a batteries included. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera also have a batteries included.

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Camera

Features Histogram

The Sony Alpha A7 features histogram. Most of the other cameras that were launched more than a year ago also feature histogram.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Alpha A7 has an HDMI, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Alpha A7 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Lens System

Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

At 22, the Alpha A7 has a quite small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera. The maximum aperture numbers of digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera range from 3.5 to 38.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera is 3.6. At only 2.8, the Alpha A7 has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the digital cameras that were released more than a year ago the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 6.2mm to 1,200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 105 millimeters, the Sony Alpha A7 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

High megapixel cameras that came out more than a year ago have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 3.1mm and 42mm. When compared to other high megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera that we have assessed, the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Alpha A7 of 36 millimeters is one of the longest.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Sony Alpha A7 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for more than a year.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think the Sony Alpha A7 II ($934.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX10 (33x) which also has a higher rating.

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Picture Quality

6000 X 4000 Pixels Image Resolution

The Alpha A7 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it have a 5152 x 3864 pixels maximum image resolution.

A 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best image resolution across all high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

A 5184 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution is the worst image resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Light Exposure

Supports Four ISO Sensitivities

The Sony Alpha A7 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this spec and age. This Sony camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities "200", "6400" and "25600" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

This high megapixel digital camera was released in April 2017.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Alpha A7 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

Alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon D3200 ($360), or the Canon EOS 70D ($999).

If you want a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Nikon D610 ($1,100) (3.2"), or the Pentax K-1 ($1,783.49) (3.2") which also has a higher rating.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 416 grams, the Alpha A7 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 416g cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A7 II ($934.99).

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Samsung NX30 ($438.55) (375g).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony vp811286, sony a7ii
Barcodes 00027242874800, 00845251061529, 00845251061536, 00845251061543, 00845251061550, 00845251061567, 00845251061574, 00845251061581, 00845251061598, 00845251061604, 00845251061611, 00845251061628, 00845251061635, 00845251063745, 00845251063752, 00845251064131, 00845251064148, 00845251064155, 00845251067385, 00845251067392, 00845251069099, 00845251069105, 00845251069112, 00845251069129, 00845251069150, 00845251097436, 00845251097450, 04905524958539, 04905524958560

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